Back at half term my children and I were invited to the Chill Factore in Manchester for their blogger party. It was pretty exciting pulling up outside the building with its special shape to accomodate the ski slope. On entering the complex it was amazing what they had fitted in to make it a ski experience.
We were in a group with families with children from pre-school to early secondary age. All of us were kitted out with clothing, helmets and boots before being taken out to enjoy a taste of the activities on offer.
For my children and I our first taste was the tubing which is basically a giant inner tube that you sit in before being pushed down the slope! This was really good fun as it wasn't very scary but pretty exhilirating. My daughter had the maximum number of goes but my son only wanted 3 runs down.
He headed over to the adjacent sledging slope and was very happy to spend the rest of the session going down on there especially on the special seated sledges:
I came from the tubing just as my daughter came flying to the bottom of the luge! She had found it a bit too scary and advised me not to do it. So of course I went down it 4 times! It is pretty scary and I had bruised elbows but it was well worth it. I did take some pics and video of other people on the luge but can't get them on here at the minute as my laptop is broken... Luckily I had uploaded a partial video of what we did to YouTube so here it is including my squealing (and some sideways footage!):
For the youngest members of the group there was a Snow Play area where they could have fun in the real snow:
By the end of the session all of us were a little bit tired and a little bit wet but mostly looked happy:
We were more than ready to retire to one of the bar areas for pizza, chips and a view of the slopes:
Just at the minute my two aren't keen on the thought of the main slope for skiing and snowboarding but I'm quite tempted!
I would definitely recommend Chill Factore for a different family day out. At the minute they are having special Christmas events including Santa in a real snow grotto! For the rest of the time they have various packages to let you choose your activities. Its not a cheap day out but it is a lot of fun as a family.